Shannon here: Betty Woods shares her first kiss with her husband of going on fifty years, plus a chance to win a copy of her debut novel: Love’s Twisting Trail. Head’s up, I discovered her book through a publishing contest I judged. On a sad note, Betty has a gravely ill loved one. Please keep her family in your prayers. As a result, she may not get to chat with us. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing. Deadline: Feb 5th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Betty:
The night my now husband, Craig, first kissed me is one of my favorite stories to tell. We’d been dating about six weeks when we went camping on Galveston Island with his parents and two younger sisters. We were sitting on the beach on the Fourth of July with Craig’s family enjoying a campfire.
Once it got dark, Craig’s mother insisted everyone needed to leave Craig and me alone a while. We sat next to each and talked until the moon illuminated the beach and shimmered on the incoming waves. He got quiet and looked into my eyes as he reached for my hand. Then leaned toward me and kissed me. We’ll celebrate the forty-ninth anniversary of that first kiss this coming July.
About Betty: I enjoy writing encouraging stories for a discouraging world. My husband and I share our house in Texas with a spoiled Chihuahua. I love reading first-person historical accounts, traipsing through museums, historical sites, or small towns for story ideas. Inspiration can strike at any moment. I got the idea for Charlotte to disguise herself as a young man from a true story I read. My favorite pastime is taking RV trips with our kids and grandkids, and sometimes the great grands, too. Learn more & connect:
About the book – Love’s Twisting Trail: Stampedes, wild animals, and renegade Comanches make a cattle drive dangerous for any man. The risks multiply when Charlotte Grimes goes up the trail disguised as Charlie, a fourteen year-old boy. She promised her dying father she’d save their ranch after her brother, Tobias, mismanages their money. To keep her vow, she rides the trail with the brother she can’t trust.
David Shepherd needs one more successful drive to finish buying the ranch he’s prayed for. He partners with Tobias to travel safely through Indian Territory. David detests the hateful way Tobias treats his younger brother, Charlie. He could easily love the boy like the brother he’s always wanted. But what does he do when he discovers Charlie’s secret? What kind of woman would do what she’s done?
The trail takes an unexpected twist when Charlotte falls in love with David. She’s afraid to tell him of her deception. Such a God-fearing, honest gentleman is bound to despise the kind of woman who dares to wear a man’s trousers and venture on a cattle drive. Since her father left her half the ranch, she intends to continue working the land like any other man after she returns to Texas. David would never accept her as she is.
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Reader question: When Charlotte faces troubles she could have never dreamed of, she feels as if she’s stumbling by faith instead of walking by faith. Have you ever had a time when you wondered if you might have misunderstood what you thought was a clear directive from God and you’re not heading the right way after all? Share your experience.
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